Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives is a referral based veterinary practice dedicated to Animal Rehabilitation, Veterinary Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Animal Chiropractic. Diagnostics and conventional treatments are required through the patient's conventional practice prior to referral. Any ongoing diagnostics and medication prescriptions and refills will be performed by the referring conventional veterinarian. Our focus is on our unique modalities and supportive patient care.


Holistic Flea, Tick and Deworming Options for Cats & Dogs

Fleas infestations can be devastating for allergic pets; ticks carry microbes that cause problems like Lyme disease and internal parasites can also cause disease for both people and animals. Conventional veterinary products include oral and topical products for killing fleas, ticks and intestinal worms. While most of these products focus on insect-specific toxins, many people would like to minimize or stop giving pesticide and/or pharmaceutical products designed to kill fleas or ticks. We are often asked about natural or safe products for dealing with fleas, ticks and intestinal worms.

Are there any natural flea and/or tick control products available at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives?

We sell a blend of essential oils called the Outdoor Spray that you can purchase and use on yourself and your pets as a bug repellent. This is a spray we make here at Full Circle and it is a blend of diluted essential oil in a carrier of Apple Cider vinegar. We recommend applying the spray to the trunk and legs of an animal 30 minutes before possible exposure. It is very important to not spay around the animal’s face and not  allow direct respiration of the Outdoor Spray

Do natural flea and tick sprays work?

There are very few well-designed studies on natural flea and tick sprays. This makes advising on their efficacy difficult for us. There are some interesting newer studies on spraying a cedar oil extract on the environment around homes in high tick density locations. This seems to be quite effective in keeping ticks at bay. The moral is to continue to be cautious and examine your pet thoroughly for ticks, even if you use an essential oil spray. Keep tick removal devices, available at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives, handy.

Will natural products hurt my dog or cat?

Some natural products, like essential oils could be harmful if not diluted. Cats, in particular, are very sensitive to essential oils. Please advise our veterinarians of any natural products you are using.